When people ask my occupation and I tell them I'm a writer, the next question is invariably, "What do you write?"
I'm never quite sure how to answer that in a short reply. When I was a wedding coordinator, people didn't ask what I coordinated, because the answer was rather obvious. When I was a teacher, I could elaborate with my subject area and my grade level, and that was sufficient. But answering what I write is a bit harder. A bit more involved.
I've yet to figure out a quick and concise answer, but hopefully when I've been at this a bit longer, I'll come up with one.
In the meantime, I do enjoy discussing my writing with people. It always warms my heart when a friend, family member, or casual acquaintance asks for an update on my writing journey. When I jumped off the "real job" ship two and a half years ago to pursue this dream, I knew I would not be able to accomplish it without the love and support of my network of family and friends. I've been humbled and blessed to have so many people follow along and continue to be interested in my endeavors.
To all of you out there, faithfully following along, I sincerely appreciate your support and your interest in what I'm doing! So I thought I would put together a bit of an update with answers to the questions I get most often. If you have a question I didn't answer here, please feel free to comment here or on Facebook or shoot me a message, and I'll be happy to follow up.
Here we go.....
What do you write?
Words! But more specifically, I write fiction novels and short stories as well as freelance assignments for a variety of clients.
What do you write for clients?
Whatever they need! For some I write newsletters, website copy, bios, fact sheets, and training manuals. For others, I write resumes, letters, ad copy, newspaper articles, grant proposals and press releases. I can take a client's general idea and create the text they need or I can take their initial drafts and work my magic in revisions. So if you need me to write something for you, or maybe just to proofread or edit something you have written, let me know!
Who are your clients?
That varies. I have a few consistent clients, and I have others who contract me per project from freelance websites or other client referrals. I've worked with entertainment companies, community theaters, non-profit organizations, caterers, event planners, painting contractors, newspaper editors, and individuals just to name a few.
What type of novels do you write?
Fiction. Beyond that, it gets a little tricky. My stories definitely have a romance angle, but they do not fit the "formula" for traditional romance. They focus heavily on the main female character's emotional journey, but lean a little too far towards romance to be considered strictly women's fiction. So I suppose the best classification is romantic women's fiction. At least that's what seems to fit the first novel best.
What's your first novel about?
A wedding planner, of course! Write what you know, eh? It's written in a diary format, and it tells the story of Tyler Warren, a wedding planner who is looking for her own Happily-Ever-After amid the Crazy-Ever-After she sees every day with her clients. As she faces her past and contemplates her future, Tyler is determined to hold onto her dream of Prince Charming, even as she comes to accept that life is not a fairy tale.
Is it based on true stories?
Yes and no. It's a romance with a bit of Southern humor and a lot of crazy wedding stories, so of course my own experiences as a Southerner, a hopeless romantic, and a former wedding planner played a lot into the content of the novel. But Tyler isn't me, and although people may recognize shades of themselves in the stories, the novel is made up of entirely fictional characters who may have been influenced or flavored by real memories and encounters. Let's face it--truth really is stranger than fiction, so if I wrote this as a memoir based on truth, people would swear there was no way such screwball things actually happened. Maybe some day I'll do that and hang the laundry out to dry, but nope--this one is purely fiction.
So when can I read it?
Good question! I've finished the manuscript and gone through two sets of beta readers and their feedback. I just finished a developmental edit with a professional editor, and I am finishing up revisions from her feedback now. When that's done, it's time to shop it around to see if I can get a bite from an agent or a publisher.
But trust me! I will let you know just as soon as it is on the market because I want you and everyone you know to buy a copy!
How can I help?
Keep reading! Keep clicking like on blog posts, tweets and Facebook posts. Keep sharing the stories you like. Keep following the journey. And when the book is out---tell everybody!!!
Okay--my turn. What else would you like to know? Ask a question in comments!